Starfish Alliance programs engage the community to embolden foster youth and alumni to defy the gravity of loss, separation, abuse and neglect. Mentoring is at the core of all of our programs.
There are 5,000 foster children in Franklin County on any given day– 250 are waiting to be adopted. Each year, between 100 and 200 “age out” of foster care without being adopted or reunited with their family.
For foster children, who often exist in a state of limbo, permanency is key. Long-term, group and one-to-one mentoring by volunteer adults who consistently show up, month-after-month through Royal Family KIDS Club and year-to-year through Royal Family KIDS Camp, is changing lives. Research and our own experience tell us that mentoring can be more effective than therapy for children who have experienced trauma. Foster children who have a long-term mentor get along better with adults and peers and do better in school.
LINK22 exists to link foster alumni with mentors, essential community resources and enrichment opportunities. The LINK22 Fellowship is designed to give foster alumni a leg up in the central Ohio job market through networking, leadership and interpersonal training, high demand career training connection, entrepreneur training and apprenticeships. LINK22 foster alumni will find their voice, achieve stability and success, and create a new relationship with the community: one based on their abilities and leadership, rather then a need for support.